"When you call a book 'autofiction,' you released yourself from the responsibility of actually looking at what the book is doing."
Novel Dialogue invites a novelist and a literary critic to talk about novels from every angle: how we read them, write them, publish them, and remember them.
"I wanted to make nature a source of conflict, but also a source of joy and beauty and wonder and delight."
“Seven Moons” makes space for the cacophony of ghostly voices of those killed and disappeared in Sri Lanka's long civil war.
“How I made the book determined the story that was created … Once you have enough of something, a narrative can emerge.”
"You need your heroes to have flaws.”
“Weird fiction is unusual, too, in how the unknown may be both horrific and incredibly beautiful.”
In the intro to season 6 of Novel Dialogue, Kate Marshall gets weird: “I was looking at writers who were considering themselves part of a new weird, and I wanted to ask what the old weird was, and so I started looking.”
“There came a point in my life … where I realized that almost every narrative, whatever it came from, that dealt with an African country was pretty much a rewriting of ‘Heart of Darkness.’”
“As a horror trope, the child is always scary. It turns our notions of purity, innocence, violence, upside down.”
“I’m not a political scientist. I didn’t major in Native American studies. I’m a doctor of metaphors.”
“Everything in the comic has to be thought about from front cover to end … How are you going to use all the secret resources of comics?”
“I was exorcising, if not the anxiety of influence, then the accusations of the anxiety of influence, and also issuing somewhat of a corrective.”
“If you’re going to write in a worthwhile way about something, you have to really understand why you care.”
“I was more impressed by what I heard from my mother than by what I read in the library.”
“You’re making decisions with every word, and a lot of times, those decisions are unconscious.”
“The novel loves things. It loves money. It loves disappointment.”